Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion1978 (1 x 750mL), Graves, Bordeaux, France.

1er Cru Classe

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion wine is definitely bewitching. It possesses a great intensity that will delight you with its complexity (a mixture of red fruits) and the signatures of its terroir in its empyreumatic notes (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedarwood and so on). On the palate, the wine is spherical and generous without a trace of agressiveness. It lengthens on silky tannins, making this wine so obvious that the taste succumbs to its charm.

Overview

1er Cru Classe

Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion wine is definitely bewitching. It possesses a great intensity that will delight you with its complexity (a mixture of red fruits) and the signatures of its terroir in its empyreumatic notes (Havana cigars, chocolate, roasting, cedarwood and so on). On the palate, the wine is spherical and generous without a trace of agressiveness. It lengthens on silky tannins, making this wine so obvious that the taste succumbs to its charm.

Region:
FRA - Bordeaux
State:
Imported
Country:
France

Expert Reviews

One of the top ten wines of the vintage, the glorious 1978 is a candidate for “the” wine of the vintage. Seemingly fully mature (it is more evolved than the 1975), it exhibits a dark garnet color with little lightening at the edge as well as a classic La Mission bouquet of truffles, charcoal, scorched earth, black currants, plums, figs and crushed rocks. A sweet, medium to full-bodied entry on the palate reveals totally resolved tannins, adequate acidity and uncanny richness, complexity, texture and length. This surprisingly dense, concentrated, velvety La Mission-Haut-Brion displays all the complexity of this great terroir. At the peak of its evolutionary track, it is in no danger of falling apart, but prudence suggests drinking it over the next 15-20 years. Rating 96 - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (AUG/2012) Drink: 2012 - 2032

Winery Tasting Notes

The colour is handsome, advanced but still alive. The first nose surprises a bit with notes of greenness such as green pepper. This however is rather characteristic of a millesime that is harvested late. Of an average concentration, this wine fills the mouth well. There, the aromas are even more potent than in the nose. The maturity and age bring to this wine its softness, as its tannin now is evolved and unctuous. The finale encompasses spicy scents, almost oriental, that develop slowly leaving a sensation of complexity that combines sweet with bitter.

To taste now.